Professor Louise Burke - Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research (Faculty of Health Sciences)

Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor


Louise is based at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra where she is the Head of Sports Nutrition.

As evidenced by Louise's publication and research history her interests lie in nutritional intervention strategies for sporting performance.

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Currently, Louise is principal supervisor of one PhD student, Associate supervisor for three PhD students and advises on several PhD/Honours students within the Exercise Metabolism Research Group headed by Professor Hawley.


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Research Interests

Nutrition ; Nutritional Strategies ; Exercise Metabolism ; Sports Performance ; Ergogenic Aids and Supplements ;

Methods Expertise

Sports Dietetics ; Diet methodology ;

Research Projects

No research project is currently recorded.

Selected Publications


IOC Consensus Statement: Dietary Supplements and the High-Performance Athlete, in International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism

Low energy availability is difficult to assess but outcomes have large impact on bone injury rates in elite distance athletes


Practical issues in evidence-based use of performance supplements: supplement interactions, repeated use and individual responses, in Sports Medicine

Low carbohydrate, high fat diet impairs exercise economy and negates the performance benefit from intensified training in elite race walkers, in The Journal of Physiology


New strategies in sport nutrition to increase exercise performance, in Free Radical Biology and Medicine

Position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Dietitians of Canada, and the American College of Sports Medicine: Nutrition and Athletic Performance, in Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics


Methodology review: using dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) for the assessment of body composition in athletes and active people, in International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism

Re-examining high-fat diets for sports performance: did we call the 'nail in the coffin' too soon?, in Sports Medicine


Nitrate supplementation and high-intensity performance in competitive cyclists, in Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism

Variability of measurements of sweat sodium using the regional absorbent patch method, in International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism

Dairy based pre-exercise meal does not affect gut comfort or time-trial performance in female cyclists, in International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism


Effects of exercise sessions on DXA measurements of body composition in active people, in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise (print version)

What do athletes drink during competitive sporting activities?, in Sports Medicine


Effect of intake of different dietary protein sources on plasma amino acid profiles at rest and after exercise, in International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism (print version)

Ramadan fasting and the goals of sports nutrition around exercise, in Journal of Sports Sciences

Effects of lowering body temperature via hyperhydration, with and without glycerol ingestion and practical precooling on cycling time trial performance in hot and humid conditions, in Journal the International Society of Sports Nutrition